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How to Succeed in Academics Without Doing Any Research

November 7th, 2012by Haim Watzman · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman

The second of this week’s guest posts on the Jewish Book Council’s ProsenPeople blog.

“Are you a professor?” asked the woman sitting next to me on the plane from Israel to New York. She’d been eyeing my laptop screen on and off for most of the flight, as I did a final polish on my translation of Israel and the Cold War, a punctiliously-researched tome by Joseph Heller of the Hebrew University. Heller’s the professor, I’m the translator. He spent years sifting through the dark corners of archives around the world to gather the material in his book. I get the glory of being thought a historian without having looked at a single document.

Yes, I write my own books, but try buying groceries with that… (continue reading on The ProsenPeople)

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